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Hey, It’s Spring…Its time for a beer in the backyard!
April 23, 2014
Now that Easter has come and gone it is officially time for those of us that have been accustomed to bundling up over the past few months to start thinking about mowing lawns, planting flowers and dusting off the spring wardrobe (now you can see why paper envies my legs….think about it) Whilst spraying poison on the dandelions in my front yard following an afternoon pint I began to think about what spring time beers from local breweries I’m excited to have return.
Denver breweries, and really breweries in Colorado as a whole, do a remarkable job of producing springtime offerings that are perfect for a sunny day on the back porch (or floating down a river on an inner tube, or camping or being lazy and having a movie marathon on the couch) Of course some of these will be more suited for different pallets than others, so I’ve decided to make a list of a few spring time beers that hit a broad spectrum of tastes:
Mama's Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues: This one falls into the "drag it in a sack down the river while tubing" category. This clean malty pilsner has a crisp taste that doesn't linger, and the fact that it comes in a can makes it perfect for outdoor adventures (wow, I could totally write a commecrial for them. boosh.)
Good Juju by Left Hand Brewing: For those of you looking for something a little more fizzy and sweet, I highly recommend Good JuJu. Left hand has done a good job of making the ginger used to brew this beer the focal point without it overwhelming your pallet. If you enjoy a good Moscow Mule (and really, who doesn't?) then this would be a good choice for you.
Colette by Great Divide: Ah Colette, how I love thee. Even though this farmhouse ale is available year round, I find it particularly pleasant during spring and summer. Like most farmhouse ales it has subtle sour qualities that compliment the more citrusy aspects that make this a great beer for a hot sunny day.
Redacted Rye IPA by Renegade Brewing: This is another year round selection that has a particular place during the warmer months of the year. The unique qualities imparted by rye in any beer are always appreciated and Renegade has successfully married that with a bright hoppiness that is pretty fantastic.
While all of these are good choices, its by no means covers all of the great spring time beers that Colorado Breweries have to offer. Have a favorite that isn't on the list? Post it on Twitter or use the form on the "About" page and let me know! (Hooray for two way communication on the interwebs) Happy spring all!
What I was Drinking during this Post: Pistol Dandelion Ale by Magic Hat